The scenes I depict do not exist in the physical world. Each piece is an invention born out of the process but like a newborn child, always a surprise. Through pouring and wiping, the application of brayer, palette knife, and sander, and sometimes the stroke of an actual brush each piece emerges from the white canvas. What coalesces there is an image where time and season, scale and shape become indefinite and fluid. The works are always full of wonderment of nature through a child’s eye. As in dreams or memories, everything is brighter, more fanciful, surprising, and magical. The world of the child will always belong to children but I invite you to visit it with me anew.
Marlene Rye has an A.B. from Smith College and an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied under Andrew Forge, Barbara Grossman, John Moore, and Martha Armstrong. Her work has been shown nationally and has been accepted into juried shows with distinguished curators from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim.